A couple of weeks ago I asked whether we should judge books we haven’t read – mostly in reference to my comments about 50 Shades of Grey. Curiosity got the best of me and I picked it up.
I’ve read and heard polarising reviews of this book and despite thinking it wouldn’t be my cup of tea, I did my best to go into it with an open mind and I honestly feel like I read it impartial to all my previous thoughts.
In short, I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it, otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it, but in general I found it very uninteresting.
I do not like instalove. You cannot expect me to believe in a relationship when I don’t understand why the characters like each other so much. ‘They just do’ is not a valid answer. I do not want to see two characters lock eyes and suddenly fall in love – I’m sure that happens in real life and that there are plenty of reasons why and emotions attached to it, so make me feel it!
Tell me why the characters were attracted to each other so much. Make me feel it and understand it.
Some parts made me uncomfortable
Don’t even try to tell me that parts of it were not domestic abuse. I’m not misunderstanding BDSM, forcing someone to do something and stalking them is wrong.
There are parts where Ana is unsure about doing something and she is basically convinced that she should because Christian wanted her too and she wanted to please him, even though she was still very unsure and that made for some difficult reading for me.
The worst part was perhaps towards the end of the book where Christian tells her ‘you are mine’ in a rather forceful manner and gets all pissy because she hugged a male friend.
Stop with the repetitions!
50 Shades began life as Twilight fan-fiction and I did actually enjoy that series but it really bugged me that Stephanie Meyer loved using the word ‘incredulous’. In 50 Shades we see the same thing with references with Ana’s ‘inner goddess’, ‘foil packets’ and ‘inward sighing’.
It baffled me because E. L. James uses a lot of fancy words in the book, some of which I had to look up, so she obviously has a varied vocabulary, so I don’t understand why a handful of phrases were used over and over again. Enough with the repetition!
The writing did not suck me in
One of the key things I want from a book is to be sucked in and to feel like I am the main character. I didn’t care about Ana, I didn’t feel whatever she was feeling and that made it very difficult for me to enjoy this book at all.
Where’s the plot?
The plot is pretty weak and this is my best summary:
- Ana meets Christian and INSTALOVE strikes. They have lots of sex and try to write-up a kinkier version of a Sheldon Cooper Relationship Agreement, while Ana feels entirely unsure about everything and mostly seems to be intimidated by Christian.
I think that perhaps the emotional relationship between the two characters and the two characters themselves could have been explored a bit more which may have made for a stronger plot. But of course, that probably happens later in the series because money. Or perhaps it just wasn’t the point of the book at all, which is entirely possible considering it is frequently labelled ‘mommy porn’, which is a gross term.
I have never read a book with BDSM in it before but I have read books with plenty of sexual content and there’s usually some kind of plot but I found it to be severely lacking in 50 Shades.
I can finally say that I’ve read 50 Shades of Grey and I’m glad that I gave it a chance but it wasn’t for me and now I can waffle about it knowing what it’s like.
Have you ever read a book you didn’t think you would like just to find out?